IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL - TRAIL

IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL - Trail, Poway, California

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User Reviews (29)

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ThomasF   Downhiller [Oct 04, 2013]

before tempting this trail, just get your brakes services, you'll enjoy it later. you will need some travel on your bike and full suspension, all mountain is the way to go, unless you want to lug your bike all the way up for 5.8 miles from where you park. the climb is incredibly rigorous, very rocky, lots of step ups, don't feel bad that you've gotten off your bike plenty of times, I know everyone does. On the way down, if its your first time, take it slow, you need to know the course before you can truly push yourself, if riding with others (hopefully you are) make sure you space yourself out well enough because there are sudden hairpin turns you'll need to nearly stop for, as it is a hiking trail, no berms included.

Similar Products Used: Woodson Trail
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ihaveagibsonsg   Cross Country Rider [Jan 11, 2012]

This place is the most technical trail in San Diego. It's a step up from noble canyon. When I do ride it, I always do it 3 times in a row from top to bottom. As far as physical exertion, I think its a notch above riding cowles mt from big rock trail to the top. If you can ride to the top with out getting off the bike you are lying or the laws of physics do not apply to you. If you can ride down with out getting off the bike and not falling you are among some of the best out there. Some sections are flat out dangerous so take note of the helipad on your way up. There is a good chance you could be getting flown out of here. There's 4 ft drops and water bars placed in hair pin turns right after you ride down a technical rock garden only to drop right in to another one. You'll notice that there's no bike tracks besides your own because few dare to ride here. The hikers here also respect you instead of treat you like a nuisance. I love this place and I'll be riding here regularly now since no one else does. If you bring a cheap bike here you will be taking It home in pieces. I highly recommend. Full suspension bike with hydraulic disc breaks if you really wanna enjoy this place.

Customer Service

Park at the trail head at the 67 poway road junction.

Similar Products Used: Big rock trail on cowles mt. And noble canyon.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Allrotor13b   Downhiller [Oct 21, 2011]

The gnarliest technical climb inside San Diego is a tie between this trail and North Cowles' Mountain. This is twice as long, so it kinda wins by default. There aren't any freeride features like at Cowles, but it is a far more "natural" trail, which makes it better.
It is just under 3 miles to the top from the staging area and involves a plethora of rock gardens, one "staircase" of lumber water breaks about 10' apart for about 100', and a short section or water break switchbacks. Not impossible to ride it 100%, but you are a true mountain goat if you can do it. The true test of finesse and endurance.
i like how most of the hikers cheer you on here.
Do not try this in the summer if you are not in tip-top condition, or you run a real chance of heat exhaustion. Wear a high-capacity CamelBak and full-face helmets and full padding is highly recommended.

Customer Service

There is only one way in and one way out.

Similar Products Used: North Cowles' Mountain from Big Rock/Mesa in Santee.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
stranger   Racer [Oct 31, 2009]

I ride this trail one a week trying to improve my trip time. When I started it was about 1 hour 10 minutes, now I'm at 44 minutes, 29 up, 15 down. A few spots require hike-a-bike but it is well worth the trip down. To keep this place open for bike, stop to let hikers by up or down, a short stop to let them pass is better than not riding the hill at all. For a great extended trip, go up the Elli trail and experience an unbelievable ride down once you summit the trail up.

Similar Products Used: Eagle Mountain off Ramona Oaks Road, Mount Woodson.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
engssp   Cross Country Rider [Apr 16, 2008]

Smooth to start, you can split a few different ways right before the climb more easier way is to the right on the single track, it is a very nice down hill, but caution on one of the curves, I end it with a seperated shoulder and torn ligiments.:(

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
HaroHardTail8.2   Downhiller [Aug 08, 2006]

good clean fun trail. has good short fast sections with excellent technical terrain. on a cross country bike i only dismounted twice on the way up. but not too fun for me on the way down with the XC, so i only ride the downhill with my heavy freeride bike. there is no dismounting needed on the downhill. i am only 17 with like 3 years under my belt. so if you are looking for a trail that is technical and have a moderate amount of skill you could take this trail with 0 dismounts up and down

Customer Service

downhill

Similar Products Used: ted willys
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
joemango11   Weekend Warrior [Jan 20, 2006]

oooo my gosh. where to begin. well lets try the trail head. theres two i know of. ellie lane and right off the 67. park at the 67 and head on up. good way to get those legs moving. some of it doesnt seem possible to ride up. someday im not gonna give up that easily. on and off your bike over and over and over. once at the top hikers and runners will either ridicule you for riding or stare at you wondering how the hell your gonna get down(the fast way:.....down). now going down. well... i carry shin guards in my pack on the way up for the way down. i woulsdnt exactly call this extreme trail riding, not like downhilling (major props to you guys, even though you dont ride uphill, you still get pretty pumped and it actualy keepps you in shape.) so you've got some pretty plush drops down. they are a blast. i thnk the biggest there was about a 4 footer ( just guessin'. could b wrong) and you've got these burly sections of the trail where it is snaking down and it is completely rock (and im not talkin little rocks, im talking the trail is a rock.) nice jumps down the way. so you get towards the bottom. if you want some more gnarly riding, go towards ellie lane. then head back to your car on the bikelane. CAUTIONS:little kids, dogs, hikers, rattlesnakes, drops, rock gardebs, etc, etc.

Customer Service

start in the morning!!!! early!!!!

Similar Products Used: not much this about as good as it gets besides for noble canyon
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
joeythegoat   Cross Country Rider [Oct 26, 2005]

hey i am a newbie but i must say this is a great trail my buddies and i went out one day bought some bikes and that very night we were on it outstanding it was foggy, dark rainy but a great time we have done it three nites in a row we just started this week about 6 of us and we have done it for three nites in a row and one day trip to see what we were riding I love this sport its fun and this trail made it better we are looking to do a all day trip sat cant wait

Customer Service

do it at nite

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
mealsonwheels   Downhiller [Sep 06, 2004]

jbadger, the descent on this trail is definitely rideable. I agree about wishing for an easier way up though. Totally worth the hike-a-bike/climb.

Similar Products Used: Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch/Iron Mtn. and back.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
jbadger   Cross Country Rider [Jul 15, 2004]

The descent is a blast! Being from Northern California, I've never ridden on such rough rocky terrain. In fact, It didn't look rideable to me - and some of it isn't... but I was surprised by how much I could ride. By the bottom of the hill, everything was easy - a real skills builder of a ride. The climb is another story. On-your-bike-off-your-bike - repeat as necessary. It would be great if there was some easier way to the top. Still its well worth it. ... Oh, and the view at the top is spectacular. I'll definitely ride it again next time I visit SD.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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